What does it mean to be a Christian?
The name “Christian” was first given to a group of people associated with a guy named Jesus. This group was convinced that Jesus was the saviour of humanity. A pretty bold claim! In the Greek language of the day, this “saviour” figure was known as the “Christ” and Jesus became so closely associated with this saviour that his followers started calling him Jesus the Christ, or just Jesus Christ. Soon others attached the name back onto Jesus’ followers and the name Christ-ian has stuck even since. Today, 2000 years later, Jesus’ followers are the largest faith group in the world and comprise of people from every walk of life, social economic status, and ethnic background. Most Christians today live in Asia, Africa and Latin America. We at Bethany Baptist identify as part of this family of Christians around the world who believe that Jesus is the saviour.
So who is this Jesus? What did he save people from? Why have so many chosen to follow him for so many centuries? How do you become a follower of Jesus? Where do you even begin? These may be some of your questions.
On of the best ways you can start exploring the answers to these questions is by reading a few small books in the Bible about the life of Jesus. They are known as Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. If you don’t have a Bible but would like one, or simply a copy of the book of John, email us and we will send you a complimentary copy.
You are always welcome to attend any of our services and watch, learn, explore, ask and participate. This is another great way to discover Jesus. Maybe you’d be interested in one of our classes on Jesus or would like to sit down with one of our pastors for a coffee and discussion. Again, feel free to email us and let us know how we can help.
Jesus once asked a group of people, “Who do you say that I am?” We believe that answering this question is one of the most important things you can ever do.